I'm daughter to Lissie, sister to Jess, wife to Brien, mom to Hannah, Lily and Eleanor. I am a stay at home mom to my girls, and my free time is dedicated to gardening (I confess I'm still a novice and look to Lissie and Jess for advice), baking and cooking, and card making. I'm doing my part to make the earth a bit greener, trying hard to avoid processed foods and HFCS, and find the "slow food" movement intriguing and inspiring. I love visits to my local farmers' market, fresh produce, reading, getting out in nature, and spending time with my family.


Catholic, homeschooler, lover of books and great wine and an amateur gardening addict.


I'm Melissa aka "Lissie", mother of Rachael and Jessica, and grandmother to a passel of the sweetest children on the planet. I'm a semi-retired public educator and professor who works from home for a small publisher. I am a lover of all things beautiful ... flowers, the mountains, nature scenes, the innocent faces of children, and my rock and fossil collection, to name a few. I enjoy shopping at the farmers' market for fresh foods and then experimenting with new recipes. Good food and good wine delight me. I love to travel so my suitcase is always packed. Like my daughters, I take pleasure in simple things ... clothes drying on the line, tomatoes so fresh they are still hot from the sun, good books, and interesting movies. I'd like to know everything before I die.

Years ago I fell in love with daylilies. It was when I lived at the townhouse and the soil was horrid clay. I had over 50 varieties and I left them behind when I moved in 2009. At my new location, I began to figure out what to do with the nine or ten large flowerbeds that had been untended for years. It has been slow going, but I'm back to putting in daylilies. I began last year and then waited patiently for this summer to arrive so that I could see the fruits of my hard work. And now they are beginning to bloom! I think I have about twenty varieties so far, but not all of them will bloom this year because I planted some of them early this spring and they need to get established. Here's what I is blooming this week:

Ack! I can't remember the name of this one.
Blushing Summer Valentine

Red Volunteer
Lavender Vista
 Once you plant daylilies, there is nothing more to do except periodically pulling dead foliage off the bottom of the plant. They are easiest thing to grow on the planet. They thrive on neglect and bad soil. I've never met one I didn't love.



Jess said...

Isn't that top one Joylene Nichole? A more southern belle named daylily has not existed which is why it sticks in my brain!

Rach said...

Jess is right, that IS Joylene Nichole!

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